THE concentration of Old Etonians in David Cameron's inner circle has been branded "ridiculous" by a non-Old Etonian member of it, Michael Gove.
The Education Secretary, who was adopted by a Labour-supporting family in Aberdeen and educated at a state school before attending the independent Robert Gordon's College, pointed out how such a concentration of privilege did not exist in a similarly wealthy country.
Among members of the Prime Minister's top team are: fellow Old Etonians Oliver Letwin, the Minister for Government policy; Jo Johnson, head of his Policy Unit; Ed Llewellyn, his Chief of Staff, and Rupert Harrison, George Osborne's chief economic adviser. Mr Johnson's brother, Boris, the London Mayor, is another Old Etonian and close friend of Mr Cameron.
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Mr Gove, who this month became the first Conservative Education Minister to send his child to a state secondary school, said: "It doesn't make me feel personally uncomfortable because I like each of the individuals concerned but it's ridiculous. I don't know where you can find some such similar situation in a developed economy."
Downing Street insists Mr Cameron gets advice from a wide range of people from different backgrounds.